This issue talks about the ACS recertification process, concussion legislation, upcoming trauma courses and events and more.
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Summer 2014

Reverification visit complete

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) review team visited Le Bonheur June 11-12 to reverify the hospital as a Level I Trauma Center. Reviewers performed an in-depth audit of trauma patient charts, hospital processes and protocols and were pleased with the level of commitment from administration. The ACS team felt Le Bonheur’s trauma team has come a long way since the first verification and applauded the continuous efforts, says Anissa Revels, trauma program manager.

“They also shared several weaknesses for us to work on, and we are confident that these improvements will make our program stronger than ever,” Revels said. “We would like to thank the hospital as a whole for your representation of quality, dedicated and dependable care providers.  I would like to personally thank Kristy Johnston in Marketing for her tireless efforts in getting the trauma poster boards ready, designed and out to us for our re-verification visit. The reviewers were highly impressed by our display.”

The team will make a final announcement when it receives the official letter of re-verification.

Update on sports concussions

Provided by Dr. Stephanie Einhaus, Neurosurgery

Did you know that, on Jan. 1 of this year, a bill went into effect in the state of Tennessee regarding community-based school youth athletic activity?  The bill is designed to protect young athletes from concussion and requires the following:
  • annual completion by all coaches and athletic directors of a concussion recognition and head injury safety education course program.
  • a concussion and head injury information sheet be reviewed by all youth athletes and an athlete’s parent or guardian on a yearly basis.
  • immediate removal of any youth athlete who shows signs, symptoms and behaviors consistent with a concussion from the activity or competition for evaluation by the team medical provider.
  • injured players shall not return to play until the youth athlete is evaluated by a licensed health care provider (MD, DO and neuropsychologist) and receives written clearance from the health care provider for a full or graduated return to play.  It is specified that the health care provider be trained in the evaluation and management of concussions.
All states in the U.S. have enacted similar laws, with the exception of Mississippi, which hopefully will pass a bill this year. For more information and to download education forms, go to

Other concussion news

Other news about concussion prevention includes:
  • On May 29, the President Obama hosted the first-ever White House Healthy Kids & Safe Sports Concussion Summit to advance research on sports-related youth concussions and raise awareness of steps to prevent, identify and respond to concussions in young people.
  • Last fall, the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council published a report that found that there are gaps in concussion research knowledge and that there is a startling lack of data on concussions, especially in youth sports.  The report also found that there is still a “culture of resistance” among athletes related to the self-reporting of concussions and the adherence to treatment plans once they experience a concussion. 
  • The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced the launch of a new longitudinal research effort to detect, characterize and measure the chronic effects of repetitive concussions to inform clinical trials aimed at preventing or slowing disease progression in the future.  NIH is being supported by the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health, starting with an initial investment of $16 million from its first Sports Health Program partner, the National Football League.
  • Safe Kids Worldwide, in partnership with Johnson & Johnson, will host more than 200 sports safety clinics for parents, coaches and young athletes across the country, including education on concussions, and will release a research report this summer providing updated insights into the culture of youth sports today. 
  • Pop Warner Little Scholars will participate this season in a research project modeled on the High School RIO reporting system, which tracks concussions and concussion trends in high school sports, to improve tracking of concussions among young athletes. 

How to obtain trauma data

To obtain data on trauma patients from our trauma registry, please contact Sam Sheppard, our trauma clinical data specialist.

Sam Sheppard

Sam will be glad to assist you in filling out a required data form so she can obtain the most accurate information you need for your research project, clinical needs or personal knowledge for your specialty.

Upcoming courses, events

Advanced Trauma Care for Nurses (ATLS/ATCN)
Oct. 2-3
Regional One Medical Center
For more information, contact Course Director Jane Ann Sullivan, DNP, ACNP, FNP, at

Trauma Care After Resuscitation (TCAR)
Oct. 15-16
Biloxi, Miss.
For more information, contact  or (855) 438-8227.

Advanced Trauma Care for Nurses (ATCN)
Oct. 31-Nov. 1
UMMC Conference Center
350 W. Woodrow Wilson Drive, Jackson, Miss.
For more information, contact Kesha Prystupa at

Educational trauma grand rounds from Nationwide Children’s (online)
Collaborative Communication & Human Factors: Why do smart, well trained people make medical errors?
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